On Stage – A roundup of this week in local theater
The Truth Teller: Lyrics from Lockdown
@ The Actor’s Gang
Hip-hop theater innovator and spoken word champ Bryonn Bain shares his incredible true story about being wrongly held in New York City jails while a student at Harvard Law School.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through Feb. 13 at The Actor’s Gang, 9070 Venice Blvd., Culver City. $25 to $30. (310) 838-4264; theactorsgang.com
Let’s Talk About Sex: “The Sex Show”
@ Highways Performance Space
Through monologues, songs, poems and movement pieces, six people of different sexual orientations and backgrounds explore the evolving role of gender and sexual identity in today’s society.
Plays at 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 5 and 6, at Highways Performance Space, 1651 18th St., Santa Monica. $15 to $20. (310) 315-1459; highwaysperformance.org
The Odd Couple: “Jack & Jill”
@ Santa Monica Playhouse
Jack and Jill must decide to love or not to love in this play by Jane Martin about the ups and downs of one oddly perfect couple.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays through March 27 at The Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., Santa Monica. $20 to $25. (323) 960-1055; plays411.net
The Gift of Friendship: “The Hundred Dresses”
@ Morgan-Wixson Theatre
Based on the prize-winning children’s book by Eleanor Estes, this youth theater production explores bullying, friendship and acceptance through the eyes of Polish immigrant child Wanda Petronski and her classmate Maddie, who decides to stand up for what’s right.
Now playing at 11 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Feb. 14 at Morgan-Wixson Theatre, 2627 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. $10 to $12. (310) 828-7519; morgan-wixson.org
The White Rabbit: “Alice and the Wonderful Tea Party”
@ Santa Monica Playhouse
Alice is invited to a surprise tea party in the Wonderland of her youth, but will the guests remain civil or break out into hostile-tea? Kids of all ages and their young-at-heart parents are invited to set things right in this zany musical comedy for children.
Now playing at 2 p.m. Saturdays and 12:30 p.m. Sundays through March 20 at the Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., Santa Monica. $15, or $12.50 for children 12 and under. (310) 394-9779; santamonicaplayhouse.org
Sister Act: “My Sister”
@ Odyssey Theatre
A hit at last year’s Hollywood Fringe Festival, “My Sister” comes to the Odyssey Theatre in an expanded production. Identical twin sisters Elizabeth and Emily Hinkler play two adventurous siblings as they travel from the countryside to pre-Nazi Berlin and enter the wild life of cabaret.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through March 13 at the Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West L.A. $15 to $34. (310) 477-2055, ext. 2; odysseytheatre.com
The Funny Bone Tickler:
“Safe at Home: An Evening with Orson Bean” @ Pacific Resident Theatre
The actor, entertainer and longtime Venice Canals resident opens up about his life on stage and off in this stage adaptation of his memoir. From breaking into standup in New York to firewalking in Malibu at an all-time career low, Bean shares the ups and downs of living in the spotlight. Expect gaffs, laughs, hard truths and even some magic tricks.
Continues at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays through March 13 at Pacific Resident Theatre, 703 Venice Blvd., Venice. $25. (310) 822-8392; pacificresident-theatre.org
“A Raisin in the Sun” @ Westchester Playhouse
The Kentwood Players stages Lorraine Hansberry’s seminal 1959 play about a black family’s internal and external struggles to achieve their hopes and dreams on Chicago’s south side.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 and 8 p.m. Sundays through Feb. 13 at the Westchester Playhouse, 8301 Hindry Ave., Westchester. $20. (310) 645-5156; kentwoodplayers.org
The Mindbender: “1984”
@ The Broad Stage
Straight from London’s West End, Headlong Theatre Company brings Orwell’s nightmarish vision of a future patrolled by Thought Police, surveilled by telescreens, ruled by a corrupt political party and dominated by Big Brother to life in a radical new adaptation by critically-acclaimed writer-directors Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan.
Final performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, plus a 2 p.m. Saturday matinee, at The Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica. $50 to $75. (310) 434-3200; thebroadstage.com